Posted on October 01, 2016

I’ll be presenting at the American Folklore Society’s conference in Miami this month! Please join me if you are in the area. I’ll be discussing my ongoing body of work Silent Ballad in the context of a forum on The Unfinished Story. This will be a very raw look at work in progress which will also probe deeper questions about the very process of art-making. Please join me on October 19 at the Hyatt Regency if you happen to be in the area. Click here for event details.

Half King

Posted on July 01, 2016

It is a great honor to have a solo show at the Half King in New York’s Chelsea district. I will be speaking about the work as part of the Half King Photography Series on July 19. Please come out if you are in New York at that time! Click here for event details.

New Yorker

Posted on May 30, 2016


Katie Ryder did a very nice article on my Silent Ballad work, titled “The Elderly Bearers of a Folk-Music Tradition in East Tennessee,” which was featured in the New Yorker on May 22. Please click here to see the feature. I am proud to share these portraits of my dear friends, many of whom are artists I represent at Sandrock Recordings.


Il Post

Posted on April 19, 2016

I admittedly can’t read a word of what was written as it’s in Italian, but big thanks to Il Post for featuring my Post Script body of work!

Silent Ballad at Lincoln Memorial University

Posted on March 07, 2016

Greetings, all! I’m pleased to announce that I have a solo exhibition of my Silent Ballad work at Lincoln Memorial University’s Art Center, located on Brooklyn Ave between Lynn Street and Pinnacle Alley (you can’t miss it..)

If you are nearby, please come out for the opening reception this Friday, March 11 5:30-7pm. Food provided, as well as a reading by Robert Gipe to follow.

Knoxville News Sentinel

Posted on December 21, 2015

The Knoxville News Sentinel recently published a piece about Sandrock Recordings. Check it out at this link.
Thanks to Morgan Simmons for sharing our story.

Sandrock Recordings

Posted on December 21, 2015

I’d like to note here that while pursuing my own photographic interests in the Tennessee, I work as Assistant Producer at Sandrock Recordings. Please visit the Sandrock site to view our current catalog.

I’m so lucky to be a part of this team led by Park Ranger Bobby Fulcher. This NPR story on Bobby’s work can provide some context. This is a project not to be overlooked.

We have many new releases, so please take some time to peruse our catalog. One of the recent projects I am most proud of, Born Ramblers, showcases the repertoire of Tom and Tammie McCarroll. Tom is pictured throughout the years below. We recently lost this eldest son of the infamous Fiddling Jimmy McCarroll of the Roane County Ramblers. I really miss this dear friend and am committed to securing his legacy with this final album release. Tom and his daughter Tammie played music together for decades. Tom and Jimmy taught Tammie to play when the instruments were larger than she was! This family—whose name which fittingly translates to “the King’s Musicians”—and their musical heritage are a precious gift to us here in Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. It has been a rare privilege to work with this family.
The McCarroll family homeplace in Wheat, Tennessee
Jimmy McCarroll at front
Jimmy McCarroll’s string band the Roane County Ramblers, ca. 1928
Photograph courtesy of Tammie McCarroll
Members of the McCarroll family in a cornfield ca. 1944
from left: Jimmy, Charlie (app. age 8), Tom (app. age 16), and Arthur (app. age 14)
Photo courtesy of Tammie McCarroll
Tom, Jimmy, and Tammie McCarroll ca. 1968 / Photograph courtesy of Tammie McCarroll
Tammie McCarroll at age 6, ca. 1965
Photograph courtesy of Tammie McCarroll
Tom McCarroll at age 86, photographed by me at his home in Lenoir City in 2014

The musicianship you will find recordings is rare, authentic, and particular to a very special region. I knew nothing about old-time music prior to this appointment but find myself intoxicated by such resounding notes and tunes. I encourage you to explore both stories and songs alike. These recordings detail the specific history and tradition of musicians we work with intimately—as well as life in the Cumberland Plateau, past and present.